Paris, 26 February 2018 Press release

Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl spends several days in France on a working visit

Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl spent several days in Paris for a working visit lasting from 26 to 28 February. The visit included a meeting with Philippe Étienne (Chief Foreign Policy Advisor to French President Emmanuel Macron), several appointments with international organisations that are headquartered in Paris, and a speech at the École nationale d’Administration (ENA). Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl held talks with high-level representatives of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO. Alongside her political appointments, the minister also had time to meet with French writer Michel Houellebecq.

The meeting with Philippe Étienne touched on the future of the European Union, multilateral issues such as those within the scope of the OECD, and cooperation between Austria and France on stabilising the countries in the Sahel region. Austria provides active assistance at a local level in the Sahel within the framework of the Austrian Development Cooperation, for example, and through the deployment of soldiers from the Austrian Armed Forces as part of the EU training mission in Mali.

At the end of the visit, the Foreign Minister also had the opportunity to get to know the employees of Austria's Permanent Representation to the OECD, who were recently brought within the purview of the Foreign Ministry.



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